Cybersecurity

Definition - What does Cybersecurity mean?

Cybersecurity refers to preventative methods used to protect information from being stolen, compromised or attacked. It requires an understanding of potential information threats, such as viruses and other malicious code. Cybersecurity strategies include identity management, risk management and incident management.

Techopedia explains Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a very broad category which encompasses numerous hardware and software technologies, and can be applied on any level, including personal, corporate or governmental devices or networks.

Passwords are a cybersecurity tool that people encounter nearly every day. Other common cybersecurity tools include:

  • Anti-virus/anti-malware software
  • Software patches
  • Firewalls
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Encryption

A cybersecurity plan is critical for any company with highly sensitive information. Many companies now appoint a chief security officer (CSO) or chief information security officer (CISO) to oversee their cybersecurity.

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